Iraq not a "single-issue" for those hurt most

The numbers are so sterile and have become overwhelming: Close to 2,600 American troops are dead and well over 19,000 have been wounded, some in ways that will forever change their lives. Tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians have been killed in an Iraq war, without reason or end, that has been waged by the Bush administration since March of 2003.

The financial costs of the war -- estimated so far at anywhere between $300 billion and $500 billion, depending on your source -- have usurped almost any domestic concerns that might otherwise be dealt with and the increase in the federal budget deficit will certainly go on to haunt the next generation of Americans. The country's global reputation and esteem, gained by toil and blood by so many of our countrymen, have been trashed to an incalculable degree...

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